The top ten best-selling cars in the UK are easy to spot; on every street there’s at least one Fiesta, Corsa, Focus or Golf.
What is the best-selling car in other countries, though? Find out below which cars the rest of Europe loves as much as the UK loves the Ford Fiesta, measured by market analysts JATO Dynamics:
Austria: Volkswagen Golf
With no mainstream car manufacturers, Austria’s top-seller can’t be from a domestic manufacturer. 12,684 buyers flocked to the Volkswagen Golf in 2016, trouncing the next-best-seller, the Skoda Octavia, at 8693.
Belgium: Volkswagen Golf
The same can be said for Belgium, but clearly being wedged between France and Germany has its effects: the Volkswagen Golf is the most popular car, followed by the Renault Clio. 14,519 and 11,600 found owners respectively.
Croatia: Nissan Qashqai
Czech Republic: Skoda Octavia
No two guesses which carmaker rules supreme here - the Skoda Octavia sold 28,406 units and the second-best-seller was the Fabia, which sold 21,769, in fact, half of the country’s top ten best-sellers are Skodas. The first non-Skoda amongst the best-sellers is the Hyundai i30 – fifth place, with 7900 units.
Denmark: Peugeot 208
Estonia: Skoda Octavia
Finland: Skoda Octavia
France: Renault Clio
Little surprise here; France’s top car is the Renault Clio, and a whopping 112,118 took it right to the top. The Peugeot 208 took second place, with 97,817 units being sold. Only one car, the Dacia Sandero, in France’s top ten isn’t from France, but even then, Dacia is Renault-owned.
Germany: Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf and Passat took a 1-2 on home turf, with the Golf having sold 185,654 cars in the county – the best-selling car in any single market. It sells so well that the second-place Passat sold less than half this number; 79,216. GM-owned Opel Astra and Corsa – fifth and tenth with 65,197 and 55196 sales – are the only non-German-owned cars in the top ten.
Greece: Toyota Yaris
Hungary: Suzuki Vitara
Hungarian buyers are hungry (sorry) for the Suzuki Vitara, quite probably because it's made there - the model sold 6538 units there in 2016. Meanwhile, the Skoda Octavia sold 5283 down in second place.
Ireland: Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai has well and truly taken hold in Ireland; the Tucson was the best-selling car across the Irish sea in 2016, and grew by a staggering 11,323% over 2015, to 7425 units. The Volkswagen Golf, meanwhile, sold 5143.
Italy: Fiat Panda
Nationalism wins, once again – the Fiat Panda was the best-selling car in Italy last year, with 147,262 finding homes. The Lancia Ypsilon was second, with a comparatively piddly 65,647. It’s a 60/40 split between Fiat Chrysler group cars and other manufacturers in Italy, with the Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, and Volkswagens Polo and Golf in the top ten, too.
Latvia: Nissan Qashqai
Lithuania: Fiat 500
Luxembourg: Volkswagen Golf
Luxembourg’s market mirrors Belgium’s, with the Volkswagen Golf taking first and the Renault Clio taking second. Each sold 1645 and 1240 units respectively.
Netherlands: Volkswagen Golf
Another victory for the Volkswagen Golf: 10,858 were sold to the Dutch in 2016, while the Renault Clio settled for second place once again, albeit narrowly; 10,741 found homes.
Norway: Volkswagen Golf
Surprise! The Volkswagen Golf was the best-selling car in Norway last year, with 12,259 sold. The Mitsubishi Outlander was in second place, but sold less than half of the Golf’s Norwegian total, at 5687.
Poland: Skoda Octavia
Skoda took another top two in Poland, with the Octavia and Fabia taking first and second place; the Fabia taking 16,960 and Fabia taking 15,070 sales in the country.
Portugal: Renault Clio
French superminis find more homes than anything else in Portugal, as the Renault Clio sold 11,494 as the country’s best-seller and the Peugeot 208 sold 6914.
Romania: Dacia Logan
Dacia took its home market by storm last year. The Logan and Duster made up the top two, with the former finding homes in 16,911 garages, and the latter parked in 5251. The Sandero takes fourth place, and Skoda Octavia slipped in at third in the Romanian market.
Serbia: Fiat 500L
Fiat’s only other victory is in Serbia, where the 500L was sold to 1709 punters. It's another example of a car dominating the market where it is made. Skoda’s Octavia sold 1219 units, taking second place.
Slovakia: Skoda Fabia
Slovenia: Renault Clio
The Renault Clio claims another first place in the Slovenian market, with 3854 sales ensuring its lead over the Volkswagen Golf, which sold 2594. The Clio is due to be built in Slovenia in facelifted form, which should help it maintain its lofty position there.
Spain: Seat Leon
What’s Spanish for ‘quelle surprise’? The Seat Leon and Ibiza took gold and silver in Spain, with 33,494 and 31,754 finding a place in the sun last year. Surprisingly, though, the rest of the top ten is a healthy mix. Introductions of the Ateca and Arona SUVs could make Seat’s footprint in Spain larger, though.
Sweden: Volkswagen Golf
There was uproar when the Volkswagen Golf took the lead in Sweden’s car market from Volvo, but three Volvos combined took second: the S80, V70 and XC70. The Golf sold 22,088 and the three Swedes took 17,270 between them.
Switzerland: Skoda Octavia
UK: Ford Fiesta